This powerful 50-card deck of Creative Thinking Cards will provide hours of inspiration for individual and classroom activities. Included with the deck is a 42-page instructional booklet with dozens of ideas about how to use the cards, from simply forming groups to incorporating randomness to complex combinations that will spark the imagination. This card deck is incredibly useful for all artistic endeavors, especially creative writing, poetry, journaling, and storytelling. Teachers will find them particularly useful since they were designed by a teacher with classroom activities in mind.
Charles Fischer has taught in public and private schools in a variety of settings, from rural Maine to inner city Atlanta. In the past 20 years, he has worked with a wide range of students from 4th grade to AP English and has been nominated for Teacher of the Year four times. He has his Master’s degree in Teaching & Learning from the University of Southern Maine, and received his B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing from Binghamton University. His latest book, The Power of the Socratic Classroom, has won four awards, including the NIEA Best Education Book. His first novel, Beyond Infinity, won a 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award bronze medal (YA fiction). His areas of expertise are Socratic Seminar, Active Listening, Inquiry, Teaching & Learning, and Critical & Creative Thinking. He is currently working on a book of poetry, a short story collection, and several novels.
Most students do no have a lot of practice asking questions. Just ask students to write 12 questions about a paragraph or short poem and many can't generate a dozen questions, let alone questions that are useful. I've even asked teachers to pair up and write 30 questions about a tree and only one group completed the task. The others quit early.
What this means is that we need to give students more opportunities to practice curiosity and wonder. A great activity is to have students generate a list of questions and then to write questions about their questions. Not all questions are created equally, and students will develop a sense of different types of questions and what they are really asking.
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This is an important step since they may not be inspired by any of their own questions. If you need to generate more curiosity and wonder, have the students ask questions about the questions they generated. What are the similarities? What keeps coming up? What are the questions mostly about? What are you still curious about? What bothers you about the card?